Business Continuity Planning

What is business continuity planning?

Twenty-five percent of all businesses that close their doors due to a disaster never reopen. Using our approach designed especially for manufacturers, CIRAS can help you put a plan in place to minimize the impact of a disaster on your business—in just one day.

Business continuity planning is the process of ensuring that your critical business functions are prepared to react to and recover from a disruption with a minimum amount of impact to your business. The basic process of business continuity planning is to

  • identify risks to your business;
  • evaluate the likelihood and impact of disasters on your critical business functions (including manufacturing, material, equipment, suppliers, customers, IT, etc.);
  • develop plans to recover those functions if they are impacted by a disaster.

What are the benefits of business continuity planning?

After a disaster or major disruption to your business, you simply do not have the time to figure out how to recover. When you have a good business continuity plan, you have made many of the hard decisions in advance—you will have a set of resources and plans in place, allowing you to focus on the right things at the right time.

In short, a business continuity plan is your business plan when the worst happens—a good one will give you the best chance to stay a viable business in hard times.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

CIRAS has developed an approach to business continuity that is designed especially for manufacturers.

In CIRAS’s eight-hour Business Continuity Workshop, you will

  • identify risks to your business;
  • document basic information regarding your critical operations;
  • assess criticality of functions and develop mitigation plans;
  • develop an action plan to continually reduce your risk over time.

What is my next step?

Contact this staff member to see what CIRAS can do for you.

Michael R. O'Donnell515-509-4379  modonnll@iastate.edu

 
 

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Last updated: 8/2/2013